Dustin Johnson (left) beat Jordan Spieth in a playoff.
For much of 2017, the PGA Tour has struggled to find a high-profile, consistent golfer on the FEDEX CUP Circuit.
The Golf Gods listened Sunday at Glen Oaks Club in Westbury, N.Y. (Note to Miss Lee: I will need Press Creds. to Bethpage and Glen Oaks once I get back home). Not only were two of the more recognizable names on the PGA Tour paired as playing partners for the final round, but they waged an epic battle that once again needed a one-hole playoff to be decided.
Jordan Spieth entered Sunday with a three-shot lead in the Nations Trust. Not to be outdone, Dustin Johnson birdied three holes on the back nine that ultimately led to a tie at 13-under par to force the playoff. The 17-foot putt that Johnson made to advance to the extra hole was only a harbinger of things to come as Spieth could only watch helplessly as Johnson drained yet another putt for the win.
In a year in which no golfer has truly dominated, Johnson shot a bogey-free 66 on the final day to fully justify his World #1 ranking after his fourth win of the year. Johnson’s lone misstep (literally) in 2017 came not on the golf course but in his house, where an injury caused by tripping down a flight of stairs led to him missing The Masters.
Even with this loss, Spieth is expected to be ranked #2 When the reshuffled list comes out Monday.